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Bank clerk is killed by prostitute killer Yorkshire Ripper

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When Peter Sutcliffe started killing prostitutes in 1975, the community they come from weren’t that alarmed. But when in 1977 he killed a 16-year-old shop assistant, the press gave him his tabloid title, ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’, and his capture became a national concern.

Then in 1978, the decline and death of his mother meant Sutcliffe stopped killing for nearly a year. The brutal killing of 19-year-old bank clerk, Josephine Whitaker, ended the lull...